Friday, April 15, 2022

BREAKING: Sinema Adds $1.4M To Her Warchests For 2024; Travels With Security Detail

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema received less contributions from corporate PACs in the 1st quarter of 2022, but built up her warchests to $7.7M cash on hand for the 2024 campaign.

The reports also disclose that the lawmaker spent nearly $10,000/month for a traveling security detail as she continues to deal with disgruntled fellow Democrats.

The bottom line numbers for her main campaign account look like this, with her increasing the bank account balance to just shy of $7M:

Of those receipts, $185,500 are from PACs (mostly corporate).

Sinema's leadership PAC - Getting Stuff Done PAC - brought in another $197,500 in PAC monies. A quick perusal shows a number of pharmaceutical and financial companies kicked in. The PAC contribution total is half of what she brought in in that category for the last quarter of 2021.

Her security detail expenses - paid out of the leadership PAC - totaled $28,656 for January through March. The report (below) also shows trips to Park City, Utah and a $34,500 tab at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona (for event facility rental).

Sinema is likely to face a Democratic primary challenge in 2024, and a difficult general election if she proceeds. Rumors continue to circulate that she either will run as an Independent or make a Presidential bid.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

BREAKING: Ken Bennett, Senate's Election "Audit" Liaison Starts Last-Minute Bid To Re-Join The Senate

The State Senate's liaison to last year's notorious Maricopa County election "audit" is making a last-minute bid to re-join the State Senate.
(Ken Bennett watching a Ninja)


Ken Bennett was previously best known for his 1 1/2 terms as Arizona's Secretary of State and his stint as President of the Senate. He filed a Statement of Interest yesterday to begin collecting signatures for the GOP nomination in LD1, and would be replacing current Senate President Karen Fann.

Two Republicans have already filed their nominating signatures - former Rep. Noel Campbell and Steve Zipperman. Bennett's six day sprint indicates that he and others are likely not happy with those choices.

The deadline for all partisan candidates to submit signatures is this coming Monday, April 4. With the eQual system BACK ONLINE as of last night, Bennett has the opportunity to get some 450 supporters to sign online.



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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Arizona's Paul Gosar Voted "Nay" On Supporting People of Ukraine; Here's Why His Reasoning Is Nonsensical (READ Resolution)

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 426-3 today to support the people of Ukraine. Arizona's Paul Gosar (R-CD4) was one of those "nays". His reasoning completely misreads the resolution.

(from 2021)

Gosar was joined by fellow Republicans Kentucky's Thomas Massie and Montana's Matt Rosendale. They are obviously the only three who misread the plain language as a declaration of war.

Gosar issued his anti-war manifesto on Twitter tonight, claiming "There is language in HR 956 giving Ukraine defacto NATO status with reference  to Art. 5. Which is mandatory war authorization."
This would come as major news to the rest of the House, President Joe Biden and the rest of the world.

(As a side note, Gosar has been in Congress for long enough that he should automatically type the correct bill or resolution number. "HR 956" would be a bill to pass law. What he voted on today was "H.Res. 956", which is a resolution. Searching for "HR 956" would bring you to the pending "National Aviation Heritage Area Reauthorization Act".)

Here is the reference to NATO's Article 5: "The House of Representatives...(7) reaffirms its strong support for the security of United States allies and ironclad commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); (8) emphasizes that NATO’s relationship with Ukraine is a matter only for Ukraine and the 30 NATO allies;..."

That is CLEARLY not giving Ukraine "defacto NATO status". Rather, it is reminding Vladimir Putin that a further attack on a NATO member would be met by U.S. and NATO defense, and that Russia has no right to dictate whether Ukraine and NATO can have discussions (far) down the road. Ukraine is sovereign and can associate with other countries.

Here is the full resolution:


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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Doing the Devil's Work, With Sinema (HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, ARIZONA)

Headlining Politico this afternoon:



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Monday, January 31, 2022

BREAKING: Sinema Raises $1.6M In 4th Quarter, Crushing Previous Periods


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BREAKING: @SenMarkKelly campaign picks up steam, narrowly misses $9M 4th quarter; has $29.2M in bank for this year's campaign


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Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema crushed her previous prodigious fundraising numbers in the 4th quarter of 2021, as nationwide publicity about the heartburn she was causing fellow Democrats was increasing.

Sinema raised $1.6M in the last three months of 2021, bringing her cash on hand to a staggering $5.8M. By contrast, her three previous cash hauls were $0.4M, $1.1M and $1.1M, respectively.

Sinema does not face a reelection battle until 2024. Some Democrats have begun fundraising to finance a challenger to her in the primary - generally considered to be either Rep. Ruben Gallego or Rep. Greg Stanton.

The entire report is not yet available on the FEC's website, but here is a snapshot:

Perhaps of more interest will be what was happening next door with her leadership PAC. Sinema's "Getting Stuff Done PAC" took in an additional $477,000 - $340,000 of that from a wide variety of corporate PACs. And, she spent $274,000 of that, including trips to London, Paris, Thanksgiving at L'Auberge in Sedona and Christmastime on Miami Beach. There were also many purchases from various wineries totaling more than $6,000.

The list of corporate PACs was not surprising, as there has been other reporting - pharmaceutical and financial companies stood out, as did several from media interests (including $5,000 from the Fox Corporation PAC).

Page through the report to get a more extensive feel for Sinema's contribution base.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, ARIZONA: Fallout From Sinema's Filibuster Speech, LCCs Most Likely To Spread Misinfo Because They Like Chaos

("Here's looking at you, Arizona" is an occasional series highlighting coverage of Arizona's politics, as seen through the lens of media outside of the state.)


Links to these articles:
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Thursday, January 13, 2022

WATCH: Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Remains "Stubbornly Optimistic" That She Can Help Cure "Disease of Division"

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema delivered her 19 minute defense of why she is remaining steadfast on opposing changes to the Senate's filibuster rule, stating that she remains "stubbornly optimistic" that the country can come together and cure the "disease of division".

Her hastily-announced speech on the Senate floor came shortly before President Joe Biden was to arrive at the Capitol to meet with Senate Democrats about moving forward on voting rights measures, and throws the plans to pass the bills into more uncertainty.

We were going to post C-Span's transcript of the speech, but their automated transcribing system leaves to much to the imagination. We will post a better transcript once received. 



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